The day actually went pretty smoothly, but I didn’t have time to blog about it because we had R’s first birthday in the evening. And S spent some time vomiting. So, there was that. At any rate, here’s the line-up for yesterday:
N (age 11):
- Math: The usual mental math and 30 fraction simplification problems. Then, she had a lesson on simplifying fractions before multiplying. She grasped the concept quickly and enjoyed the lesson. She finished a 30-problem lesson practice.
- Spelling: She did the workbook section of her next spelling lesson, introducing words with “kn” and “gn” as the “n” sound, and “wr” and “rr” as the “r” sound.
- Applied Grammar: N picked a subject for her paper, divided that subject into parts, and organized the parts from what she likes the most to what she likes the least.
- Reading: After watching the Winona Ryder “Little Women” adaptation (and being quite put out that Jo was short and Professor Bhaer unbearded), she began one of my favorite childhood books, Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade.
- Science: The girls learned about clouds, mist, fog, smog, and relative humidity. They created a “cloud in a bottle” to learn about how clouds are made. The experiment was found in DK Encyclopedia of Science.
- Geography: After filling out the countries they already know on their Middle Eastern maps, the kids learned about Yemen and the island of Socotra. There is precious little information about some of the Middle Eastern countries written for kids. My first go-to websites are http://www.timeforkids.com and http://kids.nationalgeographic.com. When those don’t feature the country the girls are studying, I usually go to http://www.nationalgeographic.com. That was what I did for Yemen.
- Social Studies: The kids reviewed the first three amendments and then learned about the Fourth Amendment.
- Music: The usual.
C (age 9):
- Math: C practiced her 4, 7, and 9 times tables and the perfect squares to 100. She completed a simple subtraction worksheet of 100 problems. Then, she learned how to multiply using the multiplication algorithm, followed by a lesson practice worksheet. I’m constantly amazed how quickly my very right-brained girl picks up on math concepts.
- Spelling: C continued to practice her words with the “aw” sound. I think she’ll be ready for an assessment tomorrow.
- Applied Grammar: C wrote down attributes of a friend in preparation for writing an introduction for that friend.
- Reading: C read another chapter of Heidi (abridged).
- Science: Combined class, so see N.
- Geography: Combined class, so see N. C also filled in her South American and Central American maps for continued review of those continents.
- Social Studies: Combined class, so see N.
- Typing: C continued building speed and accuracy with a very consistent 10 wpm and 100% accuracy.
- Music: C needed a reminder of what the sharp sign means, but she did well.
S (age 6): Due to vomiting, S had a flashcard day.